The sad story of broken trust exposes its ugly head at a Lansdale senior living facility by way of multiple thefts in the form of an employee, according to an investigation. Lansdale Police were called to the Elm Terrace Gardens for the report of missing rings, earrings and cash in the amount of more than 53-hundred dollars. Police found information leading to 56-year-old Diane Witynski, who plead guilty in Montgomery County Court to unlawful taking and receiving stolen property. Police say, Witynski, a citizen of Poland, stole the items from various residents during a period between July and August of 2012. Police say, one of the items taken was a platinum ring valued 3,000 that Witynski stole from an 89-year-old woman. Witynski has asked for home arrest. A sentencing date has note been set. Witynski could face a 14-year prison term.
A District Judge in Souderton has ordered a trial for Towamencin Township Manager Rob Ford, in connection with a DUI charge stemming from an August 17th DUI checkpoint by the North Penn Area DUI Task Force. Ford was stopped at Cowpath Road and Cindy Lane, where police offices say they could smell alcohol on Ford’s breath and that his eyes were red and glassy. Records show, Ford showed signs that he had consumed alcohol. Police took him in to custody. Ford, according to his attorney, will apply for the county’s Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition Program for first time offenders. Following Ford’s completion of the program, along with the payment of fines and alcohol and highway safety classes, the charges will be removed from his record. Ford was coming from a Phillies game on the night of August 17th when he was stopped just after midnight. Ford will be back in court on December 4th. Towamencin Township Supervisor, Dan Littley says, the township is aware of the situation. He says, Ford was not on township time and he was not driving a township car.
The theft of two chainsaws leads to a prison term for a Green Lane man. 36-year-old, Patrick Dillon, according to police, committed the theft on November 27th of last year. The chainsaws were first reported missing from Terra Landscaping in Lower Providence on November 29th. Dillon, an employee of the company at the time of the theft, helped look for the missing chainsaws, but video surveillance would ultimately identify the suspect. Police say, Dillon was captured on video pulling up his vehicle close to the building and placing the equipment in the vehicle. Dillon told authorities he was only barrowing the chainsaws. Dillon plead guilty and will serve a sentence of 11 2/3 to 23 months in prison, followed by two years of probation.
Hatfield Township Police have a little more information in connection with the attempted luring of a 9-year-old boy on Wheatfield Circle in Hatfield Borough, just after ten Monday morning. A witness has come forward with a partial tag of the maroon van the suspect was driving. It’s a Pennsylvania tag with the letters Y-H-E. The boy told police the suspect was in his mid-30 with a salt and pepper goatee, but did not know the race of the man. The maroon van has damage to the driver’s side front fender. Hatfield Township police are urging parents to talk with thier children concerning safety when strangers approach them. Anyone with further information is asked to call the Hatfield Township Police Detective division at 215-855-0903